A few episodes into the series it is time to have a look at Human Target. I should begin and confess I have not read any of the Comics it is build on, so I came in with little or no expectations beside the promotion for the show.
Christopher Chance is the adrenaline-crazy bodyguard lead of Human Target, played by Mark Walley. I have fond memories of Mark from Boston Legal, there he was a kick ass lawyer who liked to get physical, I also liked him in Fringe season one as Olivia’s dead colleague-traitor-fiancée. Chance is an action junkie with curious powers. He appears to be able to pull almost any skill or knowledge out of his mind at any time he have the need too. One of the hooks on the show is Chances mysterious pasts. We get to know bits every other episode.
Guerro is played by Jackie Earle Haley. He is new to me. He plays a shady kick-ass information broker with awesome hacker skills and underground contacts of everlasting quantity. He is also very protective of Chase, he would and have killed to protect Chase’s secrets. But he also have secrets himself that he would do almost anything to protect. He is an interesting character, but he don’t get so much time in each episode. I would like to see more of him.
Winston played by Chi McBride. He seems to land grumpy roles all the time, he was grumpy in Boston Public and in Pushing Daisies. Here he is … grumpy. He is the guy who tries to keep some semblance of sanity in their business.
Winston and Guerro run the back research Chance needs. While Chance does the action parts as long as it is thrilling enough.
This is very much a show that caters to men, with the action and explosions and the recurring gorgeous damsels in distress that without failure falls for Chance’s James Bondish allure in the end.
The episodes we have seen so far is:
Pilot – Chance rescues the female constructor of a High speed train crash
Rewind – Chance and Winston protect a programmer from assassins on an airplane. Things get a little out of hand.
Embassy Row – Chance dress up for a spy hunt inside the Russian Embassy and meets feisty FBI agent Emma Barnes. Is she a recurring role? I got the feeling she would be back.
Sanctuary – Chance have to save a conman from his former colleagues in Monastery on top of a Mountain.
Run – Allyson (Kristin Lehman, I knew I recognized her, I had to look her up, it was from Century City – those quirky lawyers from year 2030) a District attorney goes up against the Mob, and uncover family secrets from the past. Chance also gets her to undress in the back of a car while driving.
It’s not the best I have seen on TV but it keeps on growing on you, so far I would say it’s above average, and there is a path open for greatness, lets see if they take it. Some multi episode arcs, more of Chance’s secrets, more Guerro, keep the Damsels in Distress coming and you have me sold on this show.
Edit: This is an awsome show! Episode 6 was a definite step forward.